"They are able because they think they are able."
"Now and then one sees a face which has kept its smile pure and undefiled. Such a smile transfigures; such a smile, if the artful but know it, is the greatest weapon a face can have."
Helen Hunt Jackson
"In large states, public education will always be mediocre, for the same reason that in large kitchens the cooking is bad."
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
German writer, philosopher
"I had been able to observe that there was a sprightly sportsman behind the counter mixing things out of bottles and stirring them up in long glasses that seemed to have ice in them, and the urge came upon me to see more of this man."
Sir P. G. Wodehouse
"Humility does not mean thinking less of yourself than of other people, nor does it mean having a low opinion of your own gifts. It means freedom from thinking about yourself at all."
Archbishop William Temple
English archbishop, writer
"When something can be read without effort, great effort has gone into its writing."
Enrique Jardiel Poncela
"'I grant you that he's not two-faced,' I said. 'But what's the use of that when the one face he has got is so peculiarly unpleasant?'"
C. P. Snow
(was married to Pamela Hansford Johnson)
"The salary of the chief executive of the large corporations is not an award for achievement. It is frequently in the nature of a warm gesture by the individual to himself."
John Kenneth Galbraith
"I am a woman who enjoys herself very much; sometimes I lose, sometimes I win."
"A lawyer with his briefcase can steal more than a hundred men with guns."
US writer (The Godfather)
(same dates as Lee Iaccoca)
"A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say."
"We've got to pause and ask ourselves: How much clean air do we need?"
(same dates as Mario Puzo)
"We offer Granny the sandwiches first, before we take the whole lot on our plate. We don't take the raisins out of the scones halfway through a conversation, or flick them across the table."
Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson
, on tea with her grandmother, the Queen
"Congress is so strange. A man gets up to speak and says nothing. Nobody listensand then everybody disagrees." *
"After a certain length of time spent watching films, the critic can no longer be entertained by simply sitting back and allowing the movie to roll over him like a tank made out of feathers. He wants to assume an active role. That's his entertainment."
US film critic